New South Wales(NSW) – Making it Happen!

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Each state in Australia is uniquely beautiful in its own way.

You can say Sydney is the heart of Australia and most happening place of NSW state.

Public transport is well connected to far distant places as well.

Few of the places which you must not miss to see.

Harbour Bridge: You can see harbour bridge from multiple places, the closest being Milson Point but my love for harbour bridge if from Opera house/Circular quay.

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Sydney Harbour bridge

Opera House

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Opera house during super moon

La Perouse

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La perouse bridge
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Sunset at La perouse

Bondi Beach

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Ferry ride to Manly beach

National Parks

Stanwell tops

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Seacliff Drive

Whale watching in Darling harbour

Helensburg Temple

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Skydiving in Wollongong

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Sand Dunes in port stephens

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Wine tour to Hunter valley

Kiama Blowhole

Bombo Quarry

Jervis bay

Powerhouse museum

Figure 8 pools

Westhead lookout

Blue mountains

Jenolan caves

Hillsong music band in Parramatta

Gurudwara in Glenwood

Auburn Botanical Garden

Pitt street – Street art and other activities

Sydney fireworks – NYE

Sydney tower Eye , Torango Zoo, Madame Tusadds ,Wildlife sydney

 

 

 

 

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Beards Keep You Young, Healthy & Handsome!

Beard facts

Have you tossed your razor in the trash yet?

Gentlemen, they’re not just for hipsters and the homeless any more. While both dead sexy and totally awesome, beards are also a boon to your overall health. Researchers discovered that men with beards and moustaches actually enjoy numerous benefits including, but not limited to, instant handsomeness.

A study from the University of Southern Queensland, published in the Radiation Protection Dosimetry journal, found that beards block 90 to 95 percent of UV rays, thereby slowing the aging process and reducing the risk of skin cancer.

Got asthma? Pollens and dust simply get stuck in that lustrous facial hair. Additionally, all that hair retains moisture and protects against the wind, keeping you looking young and fresh-faced. What’s more, shaving is usually the cause of ingrown hairs and bacterial infections that lead to acne.

To conduct the study, researchers left bearded mannequins, along with less attractive, follically-challenged ones, in the blistering sun of the Australian outback and then compared the amount of radiation absorbed by each.

But don’t forget to take care of those blessed follicles; beards can also spread infection if not properly cared for and make consumption of certain foods (e.g. cheeseburgers, corn on the cob, falafel sandwiches—anything with hummus actually, bagel ‘n’ schmear, syrupy pancakes) rather laborious.

Fuzzy-faced men would be wise to take advantage of beard wash and beard oil, essential tools for looking and feeling your beardy best.

Source: World Observer Online & The Doghouse Diaries

Three Love of Life!

It’s been said that in real we only fall in love with three people in our lifetime.

Yet, it’s also believed that we need each of these loves for a different reason.

Often our first is when we are young, in high school even. It’s the idealistic love—the one that seems like the fairytales we read as children.

This is the love that appeals to what we should be doing for society’s sake—and probably our families. We enter into it with the belief that this will be our only love and it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t feel quite right, or if we find ourselves having to swallow down our personal truths to make it work because deep down we believe that this is what love is supposed to be.

Because in this type of love, how others view us is more important than how we actually feel.

It’s a love that looks right.

The second is supposed to be our hard love—the one that teaches us lessons about who we are and how we often want or need to be loved. This is the kind of love that hurts, whether through lies, pain or manipulation.

We think we are making different choices than our first, but in reality we are still making choices out of the need to learn lessons—but we hang on. Our second love can become a cycle, oftentimes one we keep repeating because we think that somehow the ending will be different than before. Yet, each time we try, it somehow ends worse than before.

Sometimes it’s unhealthy, unbalanced or narcissistic even. There may be emotional, mental or even physical abuse or manipulation—most likely there will be high levels of drama. This is exactly what keeps us addicted to this storyline, because it’s the emotional rollercoaster of extreme highs and lows and like a junkie trying to get a fix, we stick through the lows with the expectation of the high.

With this kind of love, trying to make it work becomes more important than whether it actually should.

It’s the love that we wished was right.

And the third is the love we never see coming. The one that usually looks all wrong for us and that destroys any lingering ideals we clung to about what love is supposed to be. This is the love that comes so easy it doesn’t seem possible. It’s the kind where the connection can’t be explained and knocks us off our feet because we never planned for it.

This is the love where we come together with someone and it just fits—there aren’t any ideal expectations about how each person should be acting, nor is there pressure to become someone other than we are.

We are just simply accepted for who we are already—and it shakes to our core.

Maybe we don’t all experience these loves in this lifetime, but perhaps that’s just because we aren’t ready to. Maybe the reality is we need to truly learn what love isn’t before we can grasp what it is.

And then there may be those people who fall in love once and find it passionately lasts until their last breath. Those faded and worn pictures of our grandparents who seemed just as in love as they walked hand-in-hand at age 80 as they did in their wedding picture—the kind that leaves us wondering if we really know how to love at all.

Just because it has never worked out before doesn’t mean that it won’t work out now.

What it really comes down to is if we are limited by how we love, or instead love without limits. We can all choose to stay with our first love, the one that looks good and will make everyone else happy. We can choose to stay with our second under the belief that if we don’t have to fight for it, then it’s not worth having—or we can make the choice to believe in the third love.

And it’s that possibility that makes trying again always worthwhile, because the truth is you never know when you’ll stumble into love.

“You found parts of me I didn’t know existed and in you I found a love I no longer believed was real.” ~ Unknown

By Kate Rose

Source: Elephant Journal via Mystical Raven

Travel – Checklist

  • Book flight tickets at least 3 months prior to your travel unless if you are fine paying extra at last minute bookings or who knows you might end up getting great deals in last moments.

  • Forex exchange – Currency exchange of destination country – Do it before a day to avoid excess fee by doing at airport!

  • Pack bags on day before your travel with the following checklist.

  • Read/Get to know about the destination country weather and get prepared accordingly!

Cabin Bag:

Travel Wallet: Passport, Flight tickets, Travel agent details doc.

Headphones/Ear plugs

Mobile and camera chargers

Wrist watch

Pen & paper

Chocolates/Biscuits/Chips

Mouth freshener

Money

Cash (Foreign & local currency)

Emergency money in luggage bag

Credit card/debit card

Wallet

Documents 

Passport

Visa copies

Photo identification proof  like Driver’s license/Passport

Travel Journal

Reservations & Itineraries

Copies of tickets/passport/etc.

Luggage Bag:

Clothes

Polos / T-Shirts / Casual shirts

Jeans / Casual pants / Shorts

Tank tops

Short sleeve shirts

Clothes: Outerwear

Beach towel

Footwear

Shoes

Walking shoes/Sneakers

Dress sandals

Heels

Flip-flops/slippers

Accessories

Raincoat

Scarf/neck warmer

Gloves/mittens

Cap/Sun hat

Belt

Sunglasses/case/strap

Watch

Padlock

Compact/micro umbrella

Extra bag pack for local loafing

Toiletries

Toothbrush / Toothpaste

Deodorant

Feminine hygiene, tampons/pads

Toiletry bag

Hair brush/comb

Sunblock

Baby wipes (Towelettes)

Shaving gel/foam

Razor/electric shaver

Cotton swabs (Q-Tips)

Nail clippers

Dental floss

Perfume/Aftershave

Make-up

Makeup remover

Shampoo/conditioner

Soap/cleansers

Towel/washcloth

Hair products (wax, mousse, gel, spray, etc.)

Cotton balls

Mouthwash

Mirror

Lip balm

Moisturizer

Nail file

Tissues/toilet paper

Travel hair dryer

       Body lotion for after-sun

Insect repellent spray

Australia – Cost of Living!?

**Note : All the cost is an approx of 2016-2017

REMEMBER Australia is the Fifth Highest EXPENSIVE COUNTRY IN THE WORLD

AUSTRALIA AVERAGE COST OF LIVING BUT MAY SLIGHTLY DIFFER FROM BIG CITIES TO SMALL OR TOWN TO RURAL AREA.

A$ – Australian Dollar

Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,694.17 A$ 1,000.00-2,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,275.30 A$ 850.00-1,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,676.63 A$ 1,600.00-4,333.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,916.77 A$ 1,350.00-3,000.00
RESTAURANTS
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant Avg.18 A$ 15.00-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 A$ 60.00-110.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 A$ 8.50-12.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 7.00 A$ 5.00-9.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 8.00 A$ 6.00-9.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.19 A$ 3.50-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 3.16 A$ 2.36-4.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 2.63 A$ 2.00-3.50
MARKETS
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 1.42 A$ 1.00-2.25
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.61 A$ 1.24-3.90
Rice (white), (1kg) 2.76 A$ 2.00-4.50
Eggs (12) 4.63 A$ 3.00-6.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 9.53 A$ 6.61-15.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 10.41 A$ 8.00-15.00
Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 15.64 A$ 10.00-23.00
Apples (1kg) 4.08 A$ 3.00-5.00
Banana (1kg) 2.94 A$ 2.00-4.00
Oranges (1kg) 3.54 A$ 2.30-5.00
Tomato (1kg) 4.82 A$ 3.00-7.00
Potato (1kg) 2.97 A$ 2.00-4.00
Onion (1kg) 2.51 A$ 1.50-3.50
Lettuce (1 head) 2.54 A$ 2.00-3.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.48 A$ 1.30-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 A$ 12.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.14 A$ 3.40-8.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 5.57 A$ 3.50-9.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 25.00 A$ 22.00-30.00
TRANSPORTATION
OPAL card is proffered service provider for Transport service.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.00 A$ 3.00-5.00 – Daily Max charged upto 8$
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.20 A$ 3.40-5.60
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 2.15 A$ 1.62-2.90
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 49.20 A$ 34.20-57.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.28 A$ 1.16-1.44
VEHICLES
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 A$ 22,000.00-28,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,687.60 A$ 20,990.00-28,000.00
UTILITIES (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 2 bedroom Apartment 190.22 A$ 100.00-300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.20 A$ 0.11-0.78
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 69.68 A$ 55.00-93.00
Postpaid selluer service providers (Tesltra, Optus, Vodafone) – Bundle plans(with mobile device) 80 A$ 80-130
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 64.08 A$ 40.00-100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.84 A$ 10.00-26.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 18.00 A$ 15.00-21.00
Childcare
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,351.00 A$ 500.00-2,300.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 22,860.47 A$ 20,000.00-23,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 97.58 A$ 65.00-130.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, …) 64.94 A$ 40.00-100.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 134.54 A$ 100.00-180.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 134.24 A$ 80.00-200.00

 

Which phone/network should i buy?

Telstra,Vodafone, Optus & Virgin are the Major service providers in Australia, you can buy a postpaid sim with a phone bundle plan for minimal rates.

Where to Buy food/groceries ?

Woolworths(Woolys) & Coles are major vendors for food and groceries.

Where to buy household materials like furniture n stuff?

IKEA, KMART, Super A mart, Fantastic Furnitures

Electronics

JB-Hifi , The good guys, Harway Norman, Bunnings , BING LEE

Offers season : JULY (EOY Sale) and DECEMBER (BOXING DAY)

DFO – Direct factory outlet in Auburn has all the major brands outlets where you can find products for decent prices as most of the time the sale will be on!